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AIRBORNE [School & Library Binding]

Tom Clancy
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Nov. 1 1997 0613627113 978-0613627115
Offers a detailed, fact-filled examination of the Airborne Task Force, complete with exclusive photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and an extensive interview with the commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, General John Keen. Original."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Tom Clancy is a household name. His ten novels, including Patriot Games, Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger, have sold in their millions throughout the world, and been the basis of some of the biggest-name movies. The first four books in this Military Library series, Submarine, Armoured Warfare, Fighter Wing and Marine, were published by HarperCollins. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Clancy is kind of Right Feb. 13 2004
By A Customer
I read his book on Marines and then the book on the Airborne. The problem that I have with Clancy is that he must hang out with the Public Relations officer where ever he goes. He gets the best possible answers and explanation for everything. So he is kind of right on just about everything but exactly right on just about nothing. I checked with a buddy from the Marine Corp. He had the exact reaction. Clancy should get down with the troops and find out what is really happening.
I spent 4 years with the 1st Brigade at the 82nd. LGOP to us meant "Lost Group of Paratroopers." This was pre GPS mind you. As for the 82nd taking shots from our Legged bretheran in the 101st. Notice it is they who feel the need to denigrate the real Airborne. In the 82nd we were always too busy to worry about what the legs were doing or what they thought.
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Tom Clancy and John D. Gresham's Airborne: A Guided Tour of an Airborne Task Force is the fifth entry in Berkley's "Guided Tour" series of non-fiction books about U.S. military units. As one might expects, the book zeroes in on the elite paratroopers of the "All-American" 82nd Airborne Division, their "tools of the trade," training, history and roles and missions.
The 82nd Airborne is America's last true paratrooper division; its XVIII Airborne Corps partner, the 101st Air Assault Division ("The Screaming Eagles") traded in its parachutes for helicopters long ago. Along with the 101st, the 82nd Airborne is teamed with the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division and the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, giving the XVIII Airborne Corps both a powerful punch and flexibility.
Clancy and Gresham describe practically every weapon, tool, uniform and aircraft employed in modern airborne warfare today in a clear and concise fashion. The authors also discuss the proud history of the 82nd Airborne (and airborne warfare in general) from World War II to Operation Restore Democracy (the 1994 mission to remove the military junta in Haiti) and the various aspects of life for the modern-day paratrooper, particularly the arduous training regimen involved in getting young men and women to jump out of, as Clancy wryly observes, "perfectly good airplanes."
Airborne also includes an interview with the then-incoming commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Gen. John B. Keane and a Foreword by retired Gen. Gary Luck, who commanded the corps during the first Persian Gulf War in 1991.
As in all the books of the Guided Tour series, Clancy includes several short vignettes to illustrate what the 82nd Airborne's roles and missions are.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice try but lacking March 9 2002
By A Customer
Being a former 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper I was very disapointed with the contents of Mr. CLanceys book. For all the history that the 82nd has very little of it was covered in this book. He also failed to cover much of the 82nds current capbilities and possible uses. In fact at times I felt like I was reading a book on COSCOM, or the Airforce instead of an Airborne unit. There is much more depth that could have been given to this book had he taken the time, but instead you get the impression that Mr. Clancey saw Ft. Bragg from a tour bus going down Ardennes street. If you've never been in the military or an Airborne unit then this will give you "some" insight, but if your interested in military history, or have been a paratrooper then this ones not for you. Mr. Clancey may be good at fiction but there's alot he could learn from historians like Stephen Ambrose or Shelby Foote.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Airborne? All the way! Feb. 6 2002
Tom Clancy must be the world's number one fan of the USA Military.
And vice versa.
"Airborne" is another in the series of mutual admiration society books written by Tom beginning with Submarine, and progressing on through Fighter Wing, Marine, Armoured Cav and others.
Each one is an in depth look at the men, equipment, training, tactics and history of a segment of the US Armed Services. Tom doesn't give a dry list of statistics, a few cutaway diagrams and photos, no this is hands-on stuff, straight from the people who use the weapons, supplemented by Tom's observations on a guided tour of the facilities and attendance at a training exercise.
I'd give this a top rating, but for the graphics, which aren't up to the standard of earlier books. Many of the photographs, for instance, are literaly the size of a postage stamp.
But that's a minor niggle, and there are some excellent photos, and diagrams.
What comes across very strongly is the awesom esprit de corps of the Airborne. Far more than any other units, Airborne soldiers fight alone without the direct support of other arms, excepting maybe the airforce. But if an airborne force goes into action on the far side of the world, where friendly runways are few and far between, then they are very much on their own until reinforcements win through.
The unique tactics of the airborne units are highlighted. The "LGOP" mentality, where Little Groups Of Parachutists form up and fight through to the objective. The way that subunits are divided up amongst aircraft so that if one aircraft doesn't make it, it doesn't take out an entire platoon or company.
There's more, a lot more, and I particularly liked the historical chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My companion
You know, every now and then, something occurs that really gets the mind thinking. These generaly raise questions that range from little "Huh, I wonder why... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2001 by Isaac T Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars 82nd "Truckborne"
After a few of my friends at the 101st Air Assault Division mentioned that they and the rest of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the Persian Gulf War started to call the 82nd Airborne... Read more
Published on June 15 2001 by "nick4"
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
My husband retired from the Army a couple of years ago and spent much of his career in the 82nd Airborne, so the book was very interesting to me. Read more
Published on June 12 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Airborne tour a must read, far better than marine
Tom Clancy has done a far better job on his Airborne tour than his tour of a marine MAGTF which he just took press releases fed to him with the resultant flowery marinespeak used... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2000 by Sam Damon Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great job for someone who has not lived it.
I worked as a photojournalist in the public affairs office when this book was being researched and written. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2000 by Michael A Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Who really makes the airborne "airborne" ? The Riggers!
Read the book and nothing went into depth about the Parachute Riggers. Its not a pleasnt thought that that one would have if they realize that every parachute you pack your name... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it.
This was the first book in the non-fiction series that I have read, and I expected a lot from Tom Clancy. For the biggest part he delivered. I really liked the equipment section. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get the Facts Straight
I'll begin by saying that the average civilian with no military background could learn a lot about the 82nd from this book. Read more
Published on July 21 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done if a little lacking in depth
I've always been fascinated by the advances in military technology and strategy. As a veteran of the D-Day drops in Normandy I was particularly interested in Mr. Read more
Published on June 22 1999
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